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October 10, 2014

CDC Awards Grant To FORCE For Breast Cancer in Young Women

The Centers for Disease Control has awarded FORCE $350,000 per year for 5 years to increase awareness of breast cancer among young women and enhance the support services for women diagnosed with young-onset breast cancer. This funding will allow FORCE to create the eXamining Relevance of Articles for Young Survivors (XRAYS) program which will translate scientific articles on emerging breast cancer research into language that is understandable in order to help young breast cancer survivors understand how new research affects their lives and health care decisions.

August 28, 2014

FORCE Celebrates 2014 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week September 28 – October 4 and National Previvor Day on October 1

Share Knowledge. Live Empowered. Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), the nation's only nonprofit organization dedicated to families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC), is celebrating National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day to create awareness and recognize those affected by a genetic predisposition to these cancers.

May 9, 2014

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Partners with FORCE and University of South Florida Researchers to Promote Patient Centered Outcomes Research

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the foremost advocacy organization for women with ovarian cancer, announced today a partnership with Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, the leading advocacy organization for families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and researchers at the University of South Florida. The project will promote awareness and patient-centered research focused on inherited breast and ovarian cancers in families throughout the U.S.

April 28, 2014

Sisters Network Inc. Partners with FORCE and University of South Florida Researchers to Promote Patient Centered Outcomes Research

Sisters Network, the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization is partnering with FORCE and researchers at the University of South Florida to promote awareness and patient-centered research focused on inherited breast cancer in African American women. Sisters Network with join the ABOUT Patient-Powered Research Network, one of 29 networks participating in PCORnet, a new national research network. The ABOUT Network aims to enroll 10,000 people nationwide with a personal or history of hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, and to collect information about their experiences to determine patterns and gaps in research, resources, and access to quality health services.

April 4, 2014

FORCE Presents Inaugural NYC Benefit Event Featuring Exclusive Performance by Former American Idol Judge and Grammy-Nominated Artist Kara DioGuardi

On April 30, 2014, FORCE will have its inaugural FORCE Spring Celebration: Live Life Empowered at Hudson Terrace in New York City. The event will raise critical funds to support the needs of women, men and families affected by a genetic predisposition to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Co-hosted by Grammy nominated songwriter, and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, and Channel 7 Eyewitness News Reporter and two time cancer survivor, Stacey Sager, the fundraiser will mark FORCE’s first major event in New York City.

February 20, 2014

FORCE Elects New Board of Directors Leadership

Thomas A. Bock, MD and Joi L. Morris, Esq. have been elected to the positions of president and vice president, respectively. Dr. Bock has spent more than 25 years dedicated to the development of innovative medical therapies that have transformed the lives of patients with severe, life-threatening diseases. He now shares his personal and professional passion for advancing the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of BRCA-related cancers with FORCE. Ms. Morris, co-author of Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer, is an advocate for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community.

February 5, 2014

FORCE Announces Eighth Annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer Conference — Largest Gathering for Hereditary Cancer Community to be held June 12-14, 2014 in Philadelphia in Partnership with Penn Medicine’s Basser Research Center for BRCA

The Joining FORCEs Conference is for anyone concerned about hereditary cancer: cancer survivors, previvors, people with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, researchers and health care providers who treat high-risk patients. Conference general sessions and workshops will be led by world experts on topics ranging from genetic counseling and testing, new treatments for hereditary cancers, integrative therapies to improve health, improvements in reconstructive surgery, among many others. Special conference guests will include Annie Parker, three time cancer survivor whose personal struggle with hereditary cancer is the basis for the Hollywood feature film, Decoding Annie Parker and Kara DioGuardi, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, former American Idol judge and previvor.

January 23, 2014

FORCE and University of South Florida Receive PCORI Award to Boost New National Clinical Research Network

A team led by FORCE and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine has received a funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop and expand a health data network that will be part of PCORnet: the National Patient Centered National Clinical Research Network. The ABOUT Network (American BRCA Outcomes and Utilization of Testing Patient-Powered Research Network) is one of 29 recently approved. This effort will boost the efficiency of health research and make certain that consumers are involved at every level of research.

September 23, 2013

FORCE to Host Exclusive Screening of Decoding Annie Parker in Palm Beach, FL

On October 12, 2013, FORCE will conclude its 5 city screening tour of Decoding Annie Parker at the Muvico Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach. The film, starring such well known actors as Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, Samantha Morton and Rashida Jones, tells the true story of two remarkable women, Annie Parker and Dr. Mary Claire King, both affected by hereditary breast cancer. Annie battles the disease and Dr. King is the geneticist whose research led to the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. Joined by writer/director, Steven Bernstein and Annie Parker herself, the screening will be an evening to remember.

September 12, 2013

FORCE to Host Exclusive Screening of Feature Film in Washington, DC During National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week

FORCE will celebrate National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week, on October 1, 2013, with the screening of the Hollywood feature film Decoding Annie Parker at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. The film, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton, tells the true story of Annie Parker and Dr. Mary Claire King. Annie Parker battles hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Dr. King is the geneticist whose research led to the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. FORCE will be joined by the writer/director, Steven Bernstein, and Annie Parker herself.

September 12, 2013

FORCE to Host Exclusive Screening of Feature Film in Philadelphia, PA on National Previvor Day

FORCE is hosting the exclusive screening of the Hollywood feature film Decoding Annie Parker at the Ambler Theater in New Britain, PA on October 2, 2013. The film, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton, tells the true story of Annie Parker and Dr. Mary Claire King, both touched by hereditary cancer. Annie Parker battles the disease and Dr. King is the geneticist whose research led to the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. FORCE will be joined by the writer/director, Steven Bernstein, and Annie Parker herself. This event falls on National Previvor Day, celebrated during the annual celebration of National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week.

September 3, 2013

FORCE Celebrates 2013 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week September 29 - October 5 and National Previvor Day on October 2 with Exclusive Screenings of Feature Film to Be Part of Celebration

FORCE is celebrating National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day to create awareness and recognize those affected by a genetic predisposition to these cancers. This year’s celebration coincides with the exclusive FORCE sponsored screenings of the inspiring movie, Decoding Annie Parker.

August 28, 2013

FORCE to Host Exclusive Screening of Feature Film in Los Angeles

FORCE is hosting the world premiere screening of the Hollywood film Decoding Annie Parker. The film, starring Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul and Rashida Jones, tells the true story of Dr. Mary-Claire King and Annie Parker, each touched by hereditary breast cancer in her own way. Annie battles the disease that took the life of her mother and sister, and Dr. King’s genetic research leads to the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. Joined by the writer/director, Steven Bernstein, Annie Parker herself, and some of the film’s cast and crew, the red carpet premiere will be held at the DGA theater in Los Angeles, CA on September 17, 2012.

July 15, 2013

FORCE to Host Exclusive Screening of Decoding Annie Parker in Chicago

The first of FORCE’s five screenings of the Hollywood feature film Decoding Annie Parker will be in Chicago on July 25, 2013. The film, starring such well known actors as Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton, tells the true story of two remarkable women, Annie Parker and Dr. Mary Claire King, both affected by hereditary breast cancer. Ms. Parker battles the disease and Dr. King is the geneticist whose research led to the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. Joined by the writer/director, Steven Bernstein, and Annie Parker herself, the screening will be held at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, IL on July 25th, 2013 and continue on to Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Palm Beach, FL.

May 1, 2013

FORCE Elects Amy Boesky and Cherine Janzen to its Board of Directors

Ms. Boesky is a professor of literature, medical humanities, and creative writing at Boston College. Her 2010 memoir What We Have portrays her own family’s experiences with hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Ms. Janzen dedicates her time to causes as varied as libraries and literacy, children’s camps, church activities, and most recently to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Each brings a myriad of talents that will assist FORCE in best serving the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community.

March 7, 2013

FORCE Launches “Know Your Genes and Fill Them Out” Initiative: Spring Cleaning Offers Opportunity to Start Researching Family Health History

FORCE’s new “Know Your Genes and Fill Them Out” campaign encourages people to find out more about their health and whether a genetic predisposition to hereditary cancer runs in the family. This initiative gives people the resources and tools to understand cancer risk and be prepared to make informed decisions if necessary. The annual spring cleaning tradition is the perfect time to clean your closets and organize your family medical history.

January 23, 2013

FORCE Elects Joi Morris to its Board of Directors

Ms. Morris has been an advocate for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community for 7 years, serving as a FORCE Outreach Coordinator and an Advocate in Science for Susan G. Komen. Her extensive experience will be a tremendous asset to the FORCE Board of Directors and will assist FORCE in providing the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community the resources and support they need.

October 23, 2012

FORCE Announces Collaboration with University of Pennsylvania’s New Basser Research Center for BRCA

FORCE will work together with the Basser Research Center for BRCA in the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center to drive research and enhance resources and information available to those with BRCA mutations. Through this collaboration, FORCE will help guide research that impacts the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community, promote participation in that research, as well as provide trained peer support to patients at PENN.

September 24, 2012

FORCE Announces 7th Annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer Conference — the Largest Gathering for Hereditary Cancer Community to be held October 18-20, 2012 in Orlando

The Joining FORCEs Conference is for anyone concerned about hereditary cancer: cancer survivors, high risk individuals, those with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, as well as health care providers who treat high-risk patients. The conference offers general session and workshops led by world experts on topics ranging from genetic counseling and testing, BRCA mutations, reconstructive surgery and the latest research in the breast and ovarian cancer fields, among others.

September 4, 2012

FORCE Celebrates 2012 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week September 23 - 30 and National Previvor Day on September 26 and Shares the Importance of Knowing One’s Family Health History

National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week marks the transition between National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and aims to raise awareness about hereditary cancer. During this week, FORCE is recognizing and celebrating all those who have been affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, including women and men with BRCA mutations, anyone with a family history of cancer, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, and previvors (individual who are living with a high risk for cancer but have not developed the disease).

July 17, 2012

FORCE Announces 2012 Spirit of Empowerment Awards and Recognizes Actions that Educate and Support Those Affected by Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

FORCE will present the 2012 Spirit of Empowerment Awards at the annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Orlando, Florida, on October 20, 2012. These awards recognize leaders, who in collaboration with FORCE, have made significant contributions to research, clinical care, education, awareness, advocacy, understanding, or support of the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community.

May 1, 2012

FORCE Outreach Groups Celebrate Women and Spread Awareness About Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

FORCE will celebrate cancer survivors, previvors, family and friends by hosting five Celebrate the Women in Your Life events throughout the month of May. Each event will be hosted by the local FORCE Outreach Group in the area, and will be dedicated to providing awareness, education and support to the local hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) community. The events will include a special screening of Lifetime Television’s movie FIVE — a groundbreaking original movie exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.

March 8, 2012
FORCE Launches New Research Fund to Serve the Unique Needs of the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Community (PDF)

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) announces the creation of the National Hereditary Cancer Research Fund to support research that is specific to the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. More than one million Americans carry a BRCA gene mutation or other hereditary factor that puts them at extraordinarily high risk for cancer. Families with inherited predisposition have the highest known lifetime cancer risks, up to 86% for developing breast cancer and up to 67% for ovarian cancer, and these risks can be passed on to their children.

January 30, 2012
Comprehensive Guide Available for Anyone Facing Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (PDF)

A new book released today provides a comprehensive guide for those facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny helps women, men and their families better understand the complex, confusing and highly individual journey of living in a high-risk body, including whether or not to undergo BRCA testing, what test results mean, and options for managing cancer risk.

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